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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Rest In Peace Thomas Madigage

Just when we left the previous week- a lot has happened. Football family was shocked by racial abuse of Danny Rose of England, then John Terry’s issues and also Lance Armstrong doping scandals escalating, Gerald Majola’s sacking at CSA. As if that wasn’t enough, later on Thursday lighting struck South African football, Bafana Bafana assistant coach Mr Thomas Madigage has passed on in a car accident.  The Nation was shattered…

As expected, tribute has poured in for the man known as “Chincha”. With Gavin Hunt who worked with Madigage at SSU saying, “I’m absolutely gutted, absolutely devastated… we were more than work colleagues, we were great mates off the field..” PSL chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza also paid tributes to Thomas, saying, “He was a man of few words, but he commanded so much respect among his peers and players, it’s a sad day for all of us”

Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo also remembered Thomas, saying, “His influence on my life both on and off the field of play was immense, and I have no doubt that I would not be where I am today without Tommy and his contribution to my career and well-being” A moment of silence was held over the weekend... Shaun Bartlett and Kagiso Dikgacoi together with the president Jacob Zuma also sent in their condolences.

As a player Madigage won four caps for Bafana, his last appearance being against the Netherlands in 1997. He was the youngest player in the country to present a professional team in South Africa, when he debuted for Jomo Cosmos at the age of 16. He also played for English Champions Manchester City, Glasgow Rangers and FC Zurich in Switzerland. Here at home he also presented Super Sports United.
Words simply can’t express the deep sadness of the Nation in loosing one of the icons of the game. Many will remember him with his Zion Church hat and his signature of running behind the coach in celebration of a goal.

We lost a man who can’t be replaced. May his humility, dignity, genuine care and unwavering commitment, live forever-Thomas Madigage Goxtra News family and the Nation as a whole wishes your simple pure soul a peaceful rest. Your Legacy will forever be with us.

By Fanele Mbuyazi

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